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Liturgy and Literature in the Making of Protestant England
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This study argues that the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer should be central to our understanding of England’s political, religious, intellectual, and literary history. Rosendale considers its engagement with early modern nationalism, individualism, and theology, and its influence on the work of Sidney, Shakespeare, Milton, and Hobbes.


Introduction; Part I. Prelude/Mattins: through 1549: 1. The Book of Common Prayer and national identity; 2. The Book of Common Prayer and individual identity; Part II. Interlude: 1549–1662: 3. Representation and authority in Renaissance literature; 4. Revolution and representation; Postscript/Evensong: 1662–present; Appendix: 'THE booke'.


"Rosendale's book will leave a strong impression on current sixteenth-century scholarship because of its interdisciplinary approach, its sound line of argument, and its depth of research...All in all, this work is highly recommended generally, but will be especially useful for religious historians, theologians, and literature scholars."
Sixteenth Century Journal, Nathan James Martin, Charleston Southern University

"Rosendale is an astute reader and interpreter of texts, and his arguments are subtle, stimulating and provocative."
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"… an emotional as well as an intellectual experience."
Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society

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